Do you know when to use said and when to use told? Some students find these words confusing. This article should clarify things for you.
Rules and Examples
RULE: Say cannot be followed by a direct personal object (for example, me, him, her, us, them, John, Peter, Mary). Use told instead.
INCORRECT: I said her to send me the document.
CORRECT: I told her to send me the document.
INCORRECT: The teacher said the class that hot air rises and cold air sinks.
CORRECT: The teacher told the class that hot air rises and cold air sinks.
RULE: Do not use tell with the preposition to. Remove the preposition or rephrase your sentence with say.
INCORRECT: I told to her my phone number.
CORRECT: I told her my phone number.
CORRECT: I said my phone number.
RULE: Do not use it after tell to refer to a fact. Remove the extra word.
INCORRECT: I’ll tell you it tomorrow.
CORRECT: I’ll tell you tomorrow.
EXCEPTION: I’ll tell you it gave me the strangest feeling I ever had.